Through some employers you may have a small discount on voice or voice + data. Other than that type of discount the major carriers don't give discounts on data. $30/mo. is the going rate now for smartphones. [are you certain you *need* smartphones? what applications/job requirements=email(?) are you sure of that you couldn't otherwise do without and not instead use one of the $15/month multimedia phones?]
I suggest you look at T-Mobile for an 'everything' plan, or possibly, grabbing Verizon branded smartphones from Craigslist or ebay, then activating with Page Plus prepaid. Could you go with free wifi on your phones only?
We have had Verizon ever since they merged with AirTouch back in the day. Now it's the year 2010 and we have two lines that we want to be smartphones. There's no nice way of saying it, but the cost of data on Verizon is outrageous. They gave us a loyalty discount last time we upgraded a line. Does anyone think that I would be able to talk them down on service if I brought in a quote from Sprint? It wouldn't even need to be matched with Sprint. I would like it to just be a bit lower than the current Verizon prices. We've been happy with Verizon and don't really want to switch. But job situations have made it so that we need to get smartphones and we really can't afford Verizon's current prices. Any advise?